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Why is extending the DOM/built-in object prototypes a bad idea?

I'm looking for a definitive answer to why extending built-in prototypes is so heavily chastised in the JS developer community. I've been using the Prototype JS framework for a while, and to me doing [...
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What language to use for prototyping and creating quick scripts? [closed]

Right now, I use Python for my quick scripts and prototypes (e.g. algorithms, my pseudocode is very Python-like as well). The oher languages that I am familiar with include Java, C, x86 Assembly and ...
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Can you prototype a complex system change?

I'm currently in the process of redesigning parts of a large and complex application server to allow it to be distributed across multiple machines. I've been asked to provide a prototype of the ...
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Has anyone collated a comprehensive list of all the prototype-programming style javascript work? [closed]

I'm looking for a comprehensive (or as close as possible) list of all the prototype-programming style javascript work done to date. Does anyone know of such a list somewhere, or have the knowledge to ...
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How do you verify that your prototype/application meets the requirements?

Recently I wrote an small prototype that uses some relatively new technology. Now I wanted to verify if this prototype is usefull and could be used in real world example. But now I have a problem, how ...
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How can I prototype a very abstract theoretical framework?

I've had an idea for a semantic model of computing that's theoretically sound but is also quite unusual. I'd like to quickly prototype a system to prove that it can work in practice. Most of my work ...
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Writing an application prototype - best practices?

For a project I am working I want to implement a small prototype to try things out, demonstrate some functionality to the client and learn some frameworks used in the project. Do you have any ...
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How do you convince management to throw away a prototype?

I love prototyping as a fast effective way to put a UI in front of a user. Many times though, management get their beaks in the way, and the prototype is dragged kicking and screaming into main ...
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How common is prototyping as the first stage of development?

I've been taking some software design courses in the past few semesters, and while I see the benefit in a lot of the formalism, I feel like it doesn't tell me anything about the program itself: You ...
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What would you think of a job based on mostly doing the proof of concept? [closed]

I'm working as a developer in a small software company whose main job is interfacing between separate applications, like between a telephony system and an environment control system, between IP TVs ...
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How should I create lo-fi (non-interactive) UI prototypes?

I'm currently working on throwing together some basic prototypes, partly to gather requirements and partly to design the final UI. At the moment I'm trying building up the screen using Post-it notes,...